If you're like a lot of writers,
you've had the love of writing for as long as you
Whether you wrote short stories as a child
or have always dreamed of being a published author,
it's probably always been something you hoped
you could do for a living.
But when you realized that the chances of getting
a book published were small or the job competition
in journalism was fierce,
it may have seemed a career as a writer was simply dream.
Well, writing for a living...
a very good and comfortable living...
doesn't need to be a dream.
It's simply time to shift your thinking
and upgrade your strategy because in today's virtual world,
there are tremendous opportunities
for writers to carve out their own opportunities,
all from their writing skills.
It's not like taking a job in the real world,
where you take what you can get.
You can be selective
when bringing your writing skills online
because there really is a market for just about everything.
There are a few ways you can approach making money
from writing: * Work as a freelancer
and apply to the many thousands
of job listings you can find online.
* Start your own writing business
where you serve a clientele of people
that you love to work with.
* Create your own books and information products
that you sell, building your loyal audience along the way.
* Publish free content (think blogs, social media)
and monetize it with offers for products you get paid for.
Which you decide will probably depend
on your immediate needs, preferences and long term goals.
Let's go through these options
to see what might be best for you.
Freelancing There is no shortage of writing jobs online.
You can find writing opportunities on topics
you're interested in from sites like Upwork,
Freelancer and other sites. You can articles, books,
advertisements, blog posts
and all kinds of content that clients need.
These are the perfect opportunity to start earning
some cash right away and to get your feet writing for pay.
The only problem is,
not all listings are created equally
and you'll find a lot of low paying jobs
from companies who have unreasonable demands,
so you have to be careful and do your homework
in finding the right jobs.
We actually do a lot of this job sorting
for our members at WriterHelpWanted.com
and provide them with featured listings
with the best writing jobs available out there.
Working with clients can also be a challenge
because you are subject to their deadlines and demands.
You also need to account for the time spent
searching and applying for jobs because
you aren't paid for that.
But if you can pick up a job or two,
you'll start seeing money coming in
Money coming in
and if you do a good job,
the client is likely to hire you again.
Your Own Writing Business While freelancing sites are great
for getting your first jobs,
if you plan to continue to write for clients,
the next logical step is to start your own writing business.
Instead of just applying for random jobs,
you decide what type of writing you do
and what kind of client you work with.
And your clients come to you,
instead of you chasing down work constantly.
Running your own business offers the following benefits:
You get to determine your rates and have more control
over deadlines and other details of projects.
You are able to attract your ideal client
and work solely with people who are a pleasure to work for.
One of the best ways to get more business
is through word of mouth and having your own business
makes it easy for people to refer clients to you.
Setting up your own business isn't too complicated.
All it takes is a website and you're ready
to start finding clients and developing
long term relationships with them.
Books and Information Products When you work for clients,
it's important to remember
that you only get paid for the time you're working
and that makes it difficult to scale that business
or experience the freedom that comes with truly being
your own boss. So instead of serving clients,
you become your own publisher,
you have unlimited earning potential
because you're creating content once
and selling it over and over again.
You can publish books on platforms like Amazon.
Or you can create information products
or ebooks and selling them from your own website site.
The benefit of this is: * As mentioned,
you create the content once
and sell it over and over again.
client come back for more reading
* You grow your own audience of buyers
that you can continue to sell products to.
* You create content on your own terms
and aren't tied to client project specifications
and deadlines. If you've already got writing skills
and interest in a topic,
creating a product is quite simple
and it doesn't cost a thing.
Monetized Content Just like publishing books
and information products,
monetized content allows you to be in complete control
of the work you do. Basically, you pick a niche topic
and you create free content on blogs,
offer a newsletter, post on social media and more.
You attract an audience that is looking for content
on the topics you write about
and then you monetize that content.
You can monetize the content by:
* Recommending products as an affiliate for other companies.
The company provides you with a special referral link
and when someone buys from that link, you earn a commission.
* Displaying advertising on your website.
You can sell ad spots or work with
and ad network like Google Adsense,
which pays you whenever someone clicks
the links on your page.
* Create your own books and information products
that you sell to the audience consuming your content.
A Couple Things to Keep in Mind
Where you start in your goal to earn from your writing
is up to you, but keep these things in mind...
Pick One Approach to Focus On Many writers
try to balance trying to get clients
and creating their own info products
and that is a tough way to go.
Often the products never get done
or the client work suffers.
Instead, put your full effort into one thing
and you'll see success much more quickly.
Eventually, you can start adding and adjusting
as you see some success,
but when you're brand new and just learning the ropes,
doing more than one thing dilutes your success.
Be the Best at What You Do If you're working with clients,
always do your best work,
meet your deadlines and avoid making excuses.
Be prepared for constructive criticism
and respond to it appropriately.
If you have a new client, first impressions are critical,
so do everything you can to ensure their experience
with you is flawless.
A new client is potentially a repeat client
that can earn you a lot of money over time,
so make the best impression possible.
If you're venturing out on your own,
creating your own products or publishing content yourself,
always think of how you can serve your audience best
and do what you can to do deliver that.
Check out what other people are doing in your niche
and work to stand out from the crowd to grow
a loyal audience. What to Do Next:
Download This Free If you're ready to start brainstorming
on the writing markets you might explore,
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